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The Avons


The Avons (members Paula Hester, Beverly Bard and her sister Fran Bard)

Groove 58-0022 - Oh, Gee Baby / Push A Little Harder - 1963 (some copies issued with picture sleeve)

In 1968 both Peggy Gaines and The Avons each recorded for the Ref-O-Ree label of Nashville. Both acts also recorded cover versions of charted records for the local budget Hit label. We tend to believe The Avons used the monicker Jenny & The Jewels at that time, can any of our readers please verify this claim?

Leroy Jones (Herbert Hunter) / Jenny & The Jewels (rumoured to be The Avons)

Hit 153 - Baby Don't You Do It* / Baby Love** - 1964 (flip by Jenny & The Jewels) *cover of the 1964 release by Marvin Gaye on Tamla 54101. **cover of the 1964 release by The Supremes on Motown 1066  

The Avons (members Paula Hester, Beverly Bard and Fran Bard)

Groove 58-0033 - Words Written On Water* / Rolling Stone 1964 *also recorded in the U. K. in 1964 by The Baker Twins on Pye   7N 15628.
Groove 58-0039 - Whatever Happened To Our Love / Tonight Kiss Your Baby Goodbye - 1964
Sound Stage 7  2561 - Be Good To Your Baby* / Just As Long As I Live - 1966 *also recorded in 1966 by Ronny & The Daytonas on their "Sandy" Lp on Mala 4002. 

Leroy Jones (Herbert Hunter) / Jenny & The Jewels (rumoured to be The Avons)

Hit 257 - It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World / Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart* - 1966 *flip by Jenny & The Jewels.

The Avons (members Paula Hester, Beverly Bard and Fran Bard)

A-bet  9419 - Talk To Me / Got To Get Used To You 1967

Steve Miller / Jenny & The Jewels (rumoured to be The Avons)

Hit 313 - Everlasting Love / In And Out Of Love - 1967

The Avons (members Paula Hester, Beverly Bard and Fran Bard)

Excello 2296 - Since I Met You Baby / He's My Hero* - 1968 *co-written by Rupert Holmes and Joshie Armstead.
Excello - I Would If I Could -  unissued until it appeared in the U. K. on a 1995 Excello / Ace Cd "Various Uptown, Down South" Excello CD 3010.
Ref-O-Ree- Tell Me Baby (Who Would I Be) (Alternate Take) - 1968(unissued at the time this was released in Germany on a 2007 Blue Label Cd "The Ref-O-Ree Records Story - Southern Soul" SPV 95882)
Ref-O-Ree 700 - Tell Me Baby (Who Would I Be) / A Sample Of My Love - 1968